The Dark Side of Creativity: Original Thinkers Can Be More Dishonest
Published: February 10, 2011
Authors: Francesca Gino and Dan Ariely
- Creative students who showed a natural aptitude for divergent thinking tended to cheat more than linear thinkers.
- Creativity is a better predictor of unethical behavior than intelligence.
- Students who were deliberately induced to think creatively were, in turn, more likely to cheat than those who weren't primed to think outside the box.
- Creative people are more likely to cheat in part because their creativity helps them to come up with ingenious explanations to justify their unethical behavior.